Gordon Brothers Employees to Ride in Pan Mass Challenge on August 4 & 5
Good luck, Michael, Jake and Connor!
Gordon Brothers is proud to announce that three of our employees, Michael Frieze, Jake Jaeger, and Connor Maher, are participating in the 39th Pan Mass Challenge, the largest athletic fundraising event in the world.
The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) is a 192 mile, two-day cycling event that stretches from Sturbridge in central Massachusetts to Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. The PMC raised over $51 million in 2017 and nearly $600 million since 1980, with every dollar going directly to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Of the 6,300 participants, almost 75% of PMC riders are alumni who return annually for the weekend bike-a-thon.
For Michael Frieze, Chairman of Gordon Brothers, 2018 will mark his 35th ride. Michael first got involved in 1983, and although he has seen many changes over the years, the heart of the event has always been the same. “It’s humbling to be a part of something so impactful,” said Michael. “Every year I am not only inspired by those riding alongside me, but by the patients of Dana Farber who we are riding for.”
Jake Jaeger, Associate, Retail Analyst, is embarking on his fourth consecutive ride, with no intentions of stopping anytime soon. “Last year the weather was terrible. It rained most of the day Saturday, and Sunday had some of the worst head winds in the history of the PMC (so I’ve heard),” said Jake. “Despite all of this, I still signed up again the second registration opened.” Jake is riding again this year for the Pedals for Pediatrics team.
New employee Connor Maher has also joined the Gordon Brothers PMC tradition, and he is looking forward to riding alongside his family and friends again. The PMC has been an important part of Connor’s life since he was young, cheering on his parents from the sidelines. He decided to join his family’s team, Jenstrong, in 2014, riding for his mother who passed away from cancer when he was 11. “The support I received from friends and family was unforgettable. It was an easy decision to commit to my second year,” said Connor. He now prepares for his fifth PMC ride.
Congratulations and best of luck to our riders!